A run-down open-air stage in the middle of Crystal Palace is seeking to be restored once more.

The Crystal Palace Bowl is an open-air stage that was hugely popular in the 1960s and 1970s, and then the temporary stage made permanent in 1997 with a striking corten steel structure – one of the first such designs in the UK.

Candidly, not knowing its history, your correspondent thought it a sculpture when he wandered around the area a few years back, not realizing that a performance stage could face a lake.

As of February 2020, Bromley council have been actively seeking “creative and community-minded business proposals to reactivate the cherished concert platform”.

In part to raise awareness, and in part to raise money, a crowdfunding campaign has been set up to mark one of the venues more famous music concerts, the 40th anniversary of the Bob Marley & the Wailers concert.

A plaque will adopt the traditional heritage blue design but be ringed with the iconic Ethiopian / pan-African / Reggae colours of red, yellow and green.

The organisers also want to hear from anyone who was in the crowd at the concert and are putting out a call for any photos, film or audio footage of the show for a forthcoming documentary on Bob Marley’s legacy and the concert at Crystal Palace Bowl.


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  1. Dave Cross says:

    The last time I heard of someone trying to use this for a performance was the “Crystal Palace Garden Party” that was planned for June 2012. It was cancelled because surveyors found that the structure was in a far worse state than people thought.

    See https://www.nme.com/news/music/various-artists-3429-1282539

    It would be great to see it back in action.

  2. Jo East says:

    It’s time to admit defeat on “Ritchie’s laptop”.
    Scrap the cover, repair the floor and have temporary structures whenever you want a concert.

  3. Paul says:

    We used to go to Sunday classical concerts in the 1980s which were more like family picnics with pleasant music in the background. The stage at that time was a large white quarter sphere shape

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